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Views in the Ottoman dominions : in Europe, in Asia, and some of the Mediterranean islands


Date: 1810




Luigi Mayer (1755-1803) was an Italian-German artist and one of the earliest and most important late 18th-century European painters of the Ottoman Empire. Mayer was a close friend of Sir Robert Ainslie, 1st Baronet, a British ambassador to Turkey between 1776 and 1792, and the bulk of his paintings and drawings during this period were commissioned by Ainslie.

He travelled extensively through the Ottoman Empire between 1776 and 1794, and became well known for his sketches and paintings of panoramic landscapes of ancient sites from the Balkans to the Greek Islands, Turkey and Egypt, particularly ancient monuments and the Nile. Many of the works were amassed in Ainslie's collection, which was later presented to the British Museum, providing a valuable insight into the Middle East of that period.

This work was the first to feature Mayer's drawings of Turkey. Mayer had studied with Piranesi and was employed for a time by the King of Sicily. He then took service with Ainslie in Constantinople.

Binding: contemporary calf; gilt and blind tooled ornamental border on front and rear boards; spine and turn-ins gilt tooled; all edges gilt; bookplate of the Earl of Sheffield on front pastedown

The plates are hand colored aquatints

The plates were probably engraved by W. Watts. Cf. J.R. Abbey, Travel in aquatint and lithography, no. 371

Abbey, J. R. Travel in aquatint and lithography 1770-1860

List of Images

1. Title Page

2. View of Constantinople

3. Mosque of Sultan Achmet

4. Pera

5. Terapia

6. Turkish Encampment

7. Aqueduct near Belgrade

8. Piccolo Bent

9. Caravanasary ay Kustchiuk-Czemege

10. Ponte Piccolo

11. Ponte Grande

12. Tchiurluk

13. Borgas

14. Caravansary at Borgas

15. Kaskerat

16. Eski-Estamboul

17. Kirkclisia

18. Mount Balkan

19. Road over the Balkan Mountain

20. Ciala Kavak

21. Dance of Bulgarian Peasants

22. View on the Aluta

23. Church and Convent of St. Mary

24. Entrance to the Convent of St. Mary

25. Pitesti

26. Palace at Bucharest

27. View near Bucharest

28. Ancient Temples at Agrigentum

29. Base of a Colossal Column Near Syracuse

30. Ruins occasioned by the Earthquake at Messina

31. View at Villa Scabrosa

32. Ancient Bath near the Fountains of the Palici

33. Ancient Cisternin Val di Noto

34. Crater in the Island of Volcano

35. Ancient Temple in the Island of Salina

36. Island of Stromboli

37. Crater in the Island of Stromboli

38. Fragments at Ephesus

39. Aqueduct near Ephesus

40. Stadium at Ephesus

41. Theatre at Ephesus

42. Ruins of the Temple of Diana at Ephesus

43. Part of the Grand Gallery of the Temple of Diana

44. Ruins of the Baths at Ephesus

45. Port of Latachia

46. Mosque at Latachia

47. Mosque in Latachia No. 2

48. Triumphal Arch at Latachia

49. Cathedral at Tortosa

50. View near Tortosa

51. Fountain of Serpents

52. Monument on the Coast of Syria

53. Monument on the Coast of Syria No. 2

54. Monument between Tripoli and Tortosa

55. Monuments near Tortosa

56. Monuments near Tortosa No. 2

57. The Island of Tortosa

58. Castle in the Island of Tortosa

59. Ruins of an ancient Temple in Samos

60. Ruins of the Temple of Juno in Samos

61. Western Harbour of the Island of Samos

62. Ancient Aqueduct in Samos

63. Part of Jerusalem

64. Temple of Solomon

65. Church of the Holy Spulchre

66. Chapel of Mount Calvary

67. Tomb of Jeremiah

68. Sarcophagus from the Tombs of the Kings

69. City of Bethlehem

70. Grotto of the Nativity

71. Temple of Jupiter Ammon in Libya

72. Interior of the Temple of Jupiter Ammon

Publication Information

Publisher: London : Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, for R. Bowyer, 80, Pall Mall



Pages: 330


Getty Research Institute

ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-01-07

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